Enabling remote desktop on Windows 10 Home

Note: this article may not longer be valid on some version of Windows 10 Home.

Need help getting Microsoft Remote Desktop working on Windows 10 Home eddition? We’ve found a great tool that enables the remote desktop protocol on Home editions of Windows 10 and 8.1. This is not an official Microsoft tool but a Freeware RDPWrap package found on github. We’ve set this tool up on a number of workstations for easy remote access without having Windows 10 Professional.

Downloading Remote Desktop on Windows 10 Home

First lets getting the wrapper tool RDPWrap software and then we can get it setup. We will be using version 1.6 of this tool as we have tested it before.

Here are the download locations to choose from:

  • Get it from the repository directly: https://github.com/binarymaster/rdpwrap/releases/tag/v1.6
  • We found this guide and tool on Softwareok and they have a localised copy: http://www.softwareok.com/Download/System/RDPWrap-v1.6.zip
  • Now lets unzip or extract the ZIP file to a folder on your desktop
    • Right click on the ZIP File and choose Extract All…
    • Select your Desktop and folder to extract too

Installing and setting up RDP wrapper

Now that we have the software downloaded and extracted we can start installing it.

  1. Open the Folder containing the extracted files
  2. Double click on install.bat
    1. You will see a command prompt window appear while it installs
  3. Select RDPConf to bring up the configuration application for the Windows 10 Home remote desktop software
    1. Select Enable Remote Desktop Protocol
    2. Under Security Mode choose Default Authentication
    3. The rest of the settings can be left as is unless you need to change the default port from 3389
  4. Now press OK to save your settings
  5. Double click on update.bat file to permanently set the configuration settings
    1. You can use RDPConf to check each of the Diagnostics and make sure the following match:
      1. Wrapper state: Installed
      2. Service sate: Running
      3. Listener state: Listening
    2. Once you’ve confirmed the above your RDP is ready and you can use RDPCheck to test it!


Connecting to your Windows 10 Home computer remotely

Now that you are ready to accept incoming RDP connection on your Windows 10 Home computer we need test it from the outside. You may need to do some port forwarding on your router for port 3389 and set a static IP on your Windows 10 Home computer or laptop. Once you’ve done the port forwarding and static IP settings follow these steps to check the connection.

  1. Use a 4G connection from your phone to get your PC/laptop online
  2. On Windows click on Start and type in mstsc.exe in the search field and open the application
    1. In the Computer to connect to type in your Windows 10 Home PC’s WAN IP (you can get it from www.whatismyip.com)
    2. Press Connect – as long as your port forwarding is done right it will work


That’s it you are in and have your Windows 10 running remote desktop RDP access!

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